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English Springer Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

"Find similarities and differences between English Springer Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer" Compare English Springer Spaniel and English Cocker Spaniel. Which is better: English Springer Spaniel or English Cocker Spaniel or Giant Schnauzer?
Name English Springer Spaniel English Cocker Spaniel Giant Schnauzer
OriginsEngland England Germany
Group Gun Dog Gun Dog Working Dogs
Popularity Rank275280
Reviews222
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Other Names Springer Spaniel Cocker, Merry Cocker Woker Russian Bear Schnauzer, Munich Schnauzer, Munchener, Riesenschnauzer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1910 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1946 as a Sporting breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1930 as a Working breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs group, in the Flushing Dogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $700-$800 $900-$1200 $1000-$1500

General Appearance - English Springer Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Size Medium Medium Giant
Weight Male: 45-55 pounds (20-25 kg), Female: 40-50 pounds (18-23 kg) Male: 28-34 pounds (13-16 kg), Female: 26-32 pounds (12-15 kg) Males 60-105 pounds (27-48 kg), Female: 55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Avg. Weight Male: 50 pounds (22.5 kg), Female: 45 pounds (20.5 kg) Male: 31 pounds (14.5 kg), Female: 29 pounds (13.5 kg) Males 82.5 pounds (37.5 kg), Female: 65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height Male: 19-21 inches (48-56 cm), Female:18-20 inches (46-51 cm) Male: 15-17 inches (38-43 cm), Female: 14-16 inches (36-41 cm) Male: 26-28 inches (66-71 cm), Female: 23-26 inches (58-66 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 20 inches (52 cm), Female:19 inches (48.5 cm) Male: 16 inches (40.5 cm), Female: 15 inches (38.5 cm) Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 24.5 inches (62 cm)

Hair & Care - English Springer Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Coat Feathered Feathered Wiry
Colors White Liver Tan Black Blue Roan Liver Tan Golden Black Pepper Salt Black
Grooming
Advanced: The English Springer Spaniel requires a lot of grooming.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel requires average grooming effort.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer requires average grooming effort.
Shedding Level
English Springer Spaniels shed moderately.
English Cocker Spaniels shed moderately.
Giant Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - English Springer Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Temperament Affectionate Cheerful Intelligent Social Alert Energetic Playful Affectionate Friendly Playful Trainable Faithful Intelligent Quiet Dominant Kind Powerful Intelligent Loyal Strong Willed
Intelligent Rank
Very smart: English Springer Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Very smart: English Cocker Spaniel is an excellent dog breed.
Smart: Giant Schnauzer's has great intelligence.
Trainability
English Springer Spaniels are easy to train.
English Cocker Spaniels are easy to train.
Giant Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The English Springer Spaniel is a highly playful breed.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a playful breed.
The Giant Schnauzer is a highly playful breed.
Sensitivity Level
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
English Cocker Spaniels don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
English Springer Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
English Cocker Spaniels are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Giant Schnauzers are average dogs regarding their affection level.
Social Needs
English Springer Spaniels are a social breed.
English Cocker Spaniels are a social breed.
Giant Schnauzers need for social interaction is average.
Barking
Average: The English Springer Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The English Cocker Spaniel barks occasionally.
Average: The Giant Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
English Springer Spaniels are average watchdogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are good watchdogs.
Giant Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
English Springer Spaniels are average defenders.
English Cocker Spaniels are not the best to protect their territory.
Giant Schnauzers are extremely protective guard dogs.
Biting Potential Low
The English Springer Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The English Cocker Spaniel has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
English Springer Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
English Cocker Spaniels have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Giant Schnauzers have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Wanderlust potential of the English Springer Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the English Cocker Spaniel is strong enough to escape from home.
Wanderlust potential of the Giant Schnauzer is strong enough to escape from home.
Prey Drive
English Springer Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
English Cocker Spaniels have a high impulse to chase and catch something.
Giant Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not apartment-friendly dogs.
Adaptability
English Springer Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
English Cocker Spaniels adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Giant Schnauzers adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
English Springer Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
English Cocker Spaniels do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - English Springer Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Stranger Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are very stranger friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are average friendly towards strangers.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are kid-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very kid-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are average friendly towards cats.
English Cocker Spaniels are cat-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are very dog-friendly dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are not dog-friendly.
Office Friendly No
English Springer Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
English Cocker Spaniel is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Giant Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are usually recommended for elderly people.
English Cocker Spaniels are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Giant Schnauzers are not the best breed for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
English Springer Spaniels are generally with other pets.
English Cocker Spaniels are usually friendly towards other pets.
Giant Schnauzers usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
English Springer Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
English Cocker Spaniels are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
No
Giant Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Yes
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Yes
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
English Springer Spaniel breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
English Cocker Spaniel breed usually likes being on a boat.
Not really
Giant Schnauzer breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - English Springer Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Health Issues
English Springer Spaniels are commonly healthy dogs.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Giant Schnauzers are commonly healthy dogs.
Health Problems Allergies Ear Infections Ectropion Hip Dysplasia Phosphofructokinase deficiency (Tarui disease, PFK) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Cataracts Ear Infections Elbow Dysplasia Hip Dysplasia Renal Failure Bloat Cancer Cataracts Elbow Dysplasia Glaucoma Heart Problems Hip Dysplasia Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy 10-14 years 12-14 years 10-12 years
Hypoallergenic No No Yes
Energy Level
English Springer Spaniels are high energy dogs.
English Cocker Spaniels are high energy dogs.
Giant Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
English Springer Spaniels need a lot of exercises.
English Cocker Spaniels need quite a lot of exercise.
Giant Schnauzers need a lot of exercises.
Sleeping Need
English Springer Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
English Cocker Spaniels don't need too much sleep.
Giant Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 1 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. 8 to 10 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
High: The English Cocker Spaniel breed has a strong tendency to overweight.
Average.
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The English Cocker Spaniel can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Giant Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The English Springer Spaniel has an average chance of bad smell.
High
The English Cocker Spaniel has a high chance of bad smell.
Low
The Giant Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The English Springer Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The English Cocker Spaniel is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Giant Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - English Springer Spaniel vs English Cocker Spaniel vs Giant Schnauzer

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 4-10 puppies 6-8 puppies 5-8 puppies

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